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Friday, September 21, 2018

SHAOLIN

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by Morley Evans


SHAOLIN

少林





JAPANESE ZEN was popular with the Samurai class. It traces its lineage directly from India through Bodhidharma to China and the Shaolin Temple. Zen has three main schools, Rinzai, Soto, and Tendai. A lifetime ago, I lived in a Soto temple in Kyoto. Our day started at 5:00 AM. We practiced Za-Zen five hours a day. I lived, briefly, at the first Antaiji in Kyoto. Kyoto had surrounded the Temple and the huge property that surrounded it. No doubt, the Sect finally sold it to land developers for a bundle. Antaiji bult a new Temple in the Mountains in Hyogo Prefecture. This is the new Antaji. The Abbot today is Muho, a German!

Antaiji
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

GEOPOLITICS

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by Morley Evans

QUORA.COM

Thierry Etienne Joseph Rotty answered this

If the US and Allies had not opened the 2nd front against the Germans in WW2, would not the Russians have won the war by themselves, having already defeated the vast majority of German forces in the East?

Thierry Etienne Joseph Rotty, studied at University of Antwerp
Answered 14h ago

Nope.

The Soviets were at the end of their rope, they were conscripting 16-year old boys by the end of the war.

Stalin’s private archive shows he planned to stop on the Vistula River in Poland and establish a defensive front there. Once that had been established, he would have made a separate peace with Hitler.

Morley Evans replied

I don’t agree. The Nazis were at the end of their rope too. The British and American presence in Western Europe mostly prevented the Red Army from reaching the English Channel. While the British contribution (which was significant) has been downgraded (by the Americans), the American contribution was about the same as WWI. American industry was enriched with lucrative contracts to supply materiel to Washington’s allies. Britain and Russia only recently finished paying off what they owed the United States for WWII. They borrowed this money to buy American materiel after they had used all their assets (gold, strategic properties and securities). War has always worked well for the United States. What happened to Great Britain and the British Empire? It was sucked dry by Washington and Wall Street. The Russians actually did better than the British. World Wars I & II finished off Washington’s original enemy, Great Britain. Listen to Prime Minister Theresa May. Like most British people — especially Winston Churchill who passionately believed in the "special relationship", May still hasn’t figured it out. Yes, the Communists were paying their war debt to the United States (their enemy) throughout the Cold War and after. Russians are no longer Communists but they are still the enemy as far as Americans are concerned.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

AMERICAN REVOLUTION

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by Morley Evans


THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION


Unites States of America (without Alaska and Hawaii)

Washington surveys the world


Here's a thought:

The Americans (Washington) used the British to get rid of the French (Seven Years War). Then when George III refused to let the Americans move west into Indian territory, the Americans (Washington) used the French to get rid of the British (Cornwallis surrenders when the French navy shows up at Yorktown.) Before the revolution began, Thomas Paine was imported from England to put the gloss of Liberty on the American revolution. It was all about money and empire from the very beginning, folks. It never was about you. George and friends were secretly backed by the bankers in the City of London. They owned the British East India Company. The United States was one of their projects.



Flag of the United States of America

George Washington's army originally fought the British (Americans were the British) under the first British East India Company flag. It was called the Grand Union flag. The Betsey Ross flag story was dreamed up much later and added to the other American myths. 

The thirteen horizontal alternating red and white stripes were completely original to the British East India Company which had its own secret service, diplomatic corps, army and navy. Its owners could definitely get in to see the King of France. The king owed them lots of money with interest. Benjamin Franklin got to see the king too. Franklin had friends in high places. The British snubbed him.

The British East India Company took over the Indian subcontinent, invaded Afghanistan, and started the Opium Wars. The company invented international narco-trafficking and started the destruction of China and its colonization. An opium den on every street-corner in China was their goal. Remember these? Different company. Same idea. Smokable Opium is much more addictive than tobacco by itself. The Chinese emperor opposed this attack on his people.




The company was busy in Africa too but these are all different stories. The British East India Company was everywhere.

The Hudson's Bay Company was a completely different animal than the British East India Company. That goes far to explain the difference between Canada and the United States. Origins matter.






Saturday, September 15, 2018

ENGLISH ELECTRIC LIGHTNING

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by Morley Evans



Vertical flight


A few months ago, I came across a picture of a plane. It's air intake was in the nose. 



I thought it was a MiG-15, but it wasn't. It was an English Electric Lightning. I had never heard if such a thing so I began to read. It was designed and built by English Electric which was absorbed by BAC British Aircraft Corporation. It was designed in the late '40s. It could climb vertically and it held many records. It's ceiling was 50,000 feet. Its top speed was mach 2. 

It was superior to the Soviet MiG-15, the American F-86 Sabre and other jets of the Korean War era including the Supersabre.

How could I have never heard of it? ANSWER: It was a mainstay of the Royal Air Force. That's the reason. I was familiar with dozens of USAF planes. I had heard of the Avro Arrow because I'm a Canadian. Great Britain was history.

I know a little about American aviation because I watched American TV, read American magazines, watched American movies, and read American books.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Electric_Lightning




Friday, September 14, 2018

THE GREAT WAR

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by Morley Evans

This sets the record straight after decades of lies. This question and answers were posted on Quora.com.

https://www.quora.com/Do-Americans-today-actually-believe-that-their-military-battles-resulted-in-their-winning-the-Great-War-WWI

Do Americans today actually believe that their military battles resulted in their winning the Great War, WWI?

Opinion | How ‘Hyphenated Americans’ Won World War I
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3 Answers
John Bard
John Bard, Dabble, mainly in Anglo-Saxon and Roman history.
Answered 18h ago

Based upon the one other answer to this question, yes, Americans do seem to be under the impression that they contributed something substantial to the fighting in World War One.

Which is a typically lamentable misunderstanding of the situation.

The most significant American contribution was their factories. Their second greatest contribution was their shipyards.

Their third greatest contribution was morale; the arrival of new troops from a fresh new ally bolstered the resolve of the Entente armies - especially the French, who were exhausted by 1918 and had already suffered mutinies.

Their fourth greatest contribution was that by taking up position on quiet sectors of the front line, the American Expeditionary Forces freed up experienced and capable French divisions. This is the key contribution.

Why is it the key contribution?

Because when the Kaiserschlacht fell upon the British, French, and Belgian armies, it would likely have succeeded had their lines not been, so to speak, shortened, by the addition of the (to be perfectly frank) small but growing US presence. The following Hundred Days Offensive saw the AEF play a small peripheral role on the edge of the main French assaults, including a rightfully famous and praiseworthy defensive action in the Argonne.

But the majority of the offence in the Hundred Days was enacted by the British Army and by, to a somewhat lesser extent (and mainly due to the difficulty of the terrain), the French. It was the British and the French that smashed the armies of Imperial Germany. It was the British and the French that drove them back from all their gains. It was the British and the French that decisively penetrated Germany’s great bastion the Siegfried Line, and it was the advance of the British and the French that threw the German army into such a panic that it fled wholesale, forcing the Germans to sue for peace out of fear that the British and the French would mete out the same tender care to German civilians that the Germans had proffered to the French and Belgians who had the misfortune to be in occupied territory.

In these bloody matters the US played a peripheral and indirect role, and even then, thanks to the personality of their leadership under Pershing, they suffered more casualties than they needed to.

Canadians believe they won the War at Vimy Ridge because Canadian propaganda tells them so. Like Americans, Canadians believe lies. Thanks, Pierre Berton, you jackass.- ED

Thursday, September 13, 2018

CONCORDE

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by Morley Evans


British Airways Concorde

SIMPLY ASTOUNDING.

This is the only picture of the Concorde flying at Mach 2. It was  taken in April 1985 from a Royal Air Force Tornado fighter jet. Above the clouds and literally on the edge of space you can also see the earth’s curvature on the horizon. Over the Irish sea and rapidly running out of fuel the Tornado had a hard time catching up with the mighty Concorde. 

Mach 2 = 2469.6 kph and 1534.54 mph. Concorde sustained this speed for hours — much longer than any fast fighter jet, even today in 2018. After a fiery crash on a French runway, Concorde flights were discontinued. They were not profitable. Too bad. See the earth's curvature in the distance. My heart soars.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

STAN GETZ

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by Morley Evans

I discovered Jazz in 1960 when I was 13 years old. Somehow it was overwhelmed with crap being sold by Dick Clark "America's teenager". 

But Jazz is still alive today thanks to aficionados who have uploaded it to YouTube. Truth can't be killed. You can enjoy Stan, Oscar Peterson, John Coltrane, Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida ("Tom") Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, and more!


Stan Getz



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lfHV6C3E0Q

Rio de Janeiro was the coolest place anywhere. 
Perhaps, it still is.